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Mari Nakamura

Guest Researcher

Dr. M. Nakamura
+31 71 527 2727

Mari Nakamura is a guest researcher at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

My research interests lie at the intersection of popular culture, international relations and political theory, with Japan as county of specialization. My doctoral thesis examined Japanese science fiction animation as a new source of political theory by integrating an area studies approach with contemporary methods of political theory and international relations. I am presently working to transform my doctoral research into a book publication.

Teaching activities and supervision

I am open to supervising students who wish to work on popular culture and International Relations. Topics including but not limited to everyday cultural practices and IR, aesthetic approaches to IR, and soft power and cultural diplomacy. 


PhD Area Studies, Leiden University
MA Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
BA English, Fukuoka University, Japan

Guest Researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden



No relevant ancillary activities

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